The couple, who married in 1992, faced their ups and downs, but now the Every Little Step author is raising the curtain on his troubled relationship. In a sit-down interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, part of which aired Tuesday morning, the New Edition singer talks about the iconic star's drug use. According to Brown, the first time he saw his then-wife do drugs was right before their wedding.
"She was hunched over a bureau snorting a line of coke," he writes in his new memoir.
While talking with Roberts, however, Brown said that drugs never defined the "How Will I Know?" songstress, despite her struggles with drug addiction. "She wasn't that, you know what I'm saying? The drugs weren't her. She did drugs, but drugs didn't do her," he explained. "She knew how to handle herself. It only made me love and want to protect her."
But when Roberts said that many people told her they thought he "led Whitney to heavy drug use," he denied it.
Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
"It wasn't me," he said. "I take my part and I take it hard for me even being a part of it, but we all have our own minds and some of us are stronger than others."
In a previous sneak peek of Brown's sit-down with Roberts, the musician broke down into tears while talking about his 22-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who passed away last year. "The hardest thing I had to do in my life was tell my daughter to let go," the 47-year-old star said. My baby's gone."
Upon regaining his composure, the singer added, "I thank God I'm still here."
Brown noted the eerie similarities between his daughter's death and his ex-wife's passing in 2012. Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home in Georgia in January 2015; she died in hospice care six months later. In March 2016, the coroner determined her cause of death was water immersion and mixed drugs.
The "I Have Nothing" singer was found unconscious in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in February 2012. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning, but she had traces of cocaine in her system. "The same thing that happened to my daughter, it happened to Whitney" Bobby said.